Happy Birthday, Ollie!

Borough Employee, Oliver Van Buskirk’s 87th birthday was celebrated at the Municipal Building this morning! Ollie is a Korean War Veteran, and a very valuable, dependable employee — he very RARELY misses a day of work.  A Borough employee since July 12, 2001, he is our Borough Building Custodian.  Ollie’s workday begins at 5 am, and by 9 am he has our lovely Building all ready for another work day!  You’ve got to get up early to  catch him. Ollie & his bride, Lois, celebrated 63 years of marriage this past July. They raised three (3) children, Cindy, Keith, & . . . .

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Get Involved in Your Borough Government!

The basis of any democratic government is its citizens. In the United States, the essence of democracy is embodied in the Constitution, which begins, “We the People. . . .” This wording establishes democracy as not only a right, but also a responsibility, and establishes the foundation for citizen involvement in governance. The right and responsibility of citizenship unfolds in many ways: citizen involvement in governance encompasses not only citizen participation (through mechanisms such as public hearings) but also citizen decision-making, information sharing, and voting. Citizen involvement is important for local governments worldwide because it increases legitimacy, efficiency, and accountability, . . . .

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Rules for Public Participation at all Borough Meetings

At the regular December 3, 2018 meeting of Borough Council, Council adopted the following Code of Conduct for public participation at all Borough meetings.  They became effective immediately:    1.   Management of meetings will be under the direction of the presiding member of Borough Council. Any comments made by the public during the meeting will be for the benefit of Borough Council. 2.   Persons to Be Heard shall be limited to three (3) to five (5) minutes per individual. Any additional time to make comments shall be at the discretion of the presiding member of Borough Council. 3.   Public Participation . . . .

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1% for Nature Makes it Easy to Support Local Natural Areas

1% for Nature is a consortium of local businesses working to support the conservation and public enjoyment of wildlife habitat, trails, streams and parks in Monroe County, Pennsylvania. This is a new venture, proposed by local Monroe County business people looking to mimic the success of a similar business-supported non-profit venture that has raised millions of dollars since 1997 to preserve special places in Gunnison County, Colorado. Participating businesses participate in the way that works best for them. Some store owners will request a $1 donation at checkout. Others will collect a voluntary 1% donation from their customers on gross . . . .

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